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INVITATION // IntCDC Constructive Conversations / Bauhaus Earth

May 14 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dear all,

We are delighted to invite you to the special expert guest lecture with Bauhaus Earth – “Re-entanglement: Towards a regenerative built environment for people and planet”. The lecture will provide valuable insights into sustainable architectural, urban and societal solutions and be held as part of the IntCDC Constructive Conversations on 14 May 2024 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

The lecture marks the beginning of an exceptional collaboration between Bauhaus Earth and the Cluster of Excellence IntCDC.

Bauhaus Earth is motivated by the mission to transform building and human settlements from drivers of climate and societal crises into creative forces for systemic regeneration. It aims to foster a future where buildings, cities and landscapes proactively contribute to climate restoration and positively impact the planet and its inhabitants.

We are honoured to announce a distinguished panel of speakers from Bauhaus Earth, including:


Prof. Dr. Phiipp Misselwitz – CEO Bauhaus Earth and Chair of International Urbanism and Design at Technical University Berlin

In 2013, Philipp was appointed Chair of the Habitat Unit at Technical University Berlin – a globally-oriented research and teaching centre which explores alternative material practices, planning approaches and urban policy to transform the built environment towards social and ecological sustainability. He initiated global research projects including Architectures of Asylum, Urban Rural Assemblies or PolyUrbanWaters. In 2017, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand (SA) and co-initiated an Urban Lab to rethink urban-oriented, transdisciplinary Masters programmes in South Africa, Nigeria and Germany. He served as Managing Director of the Institute of Architecture at TU Berlin from 2017 to 2022. In September 2021, he joined renowned climate scientist John Schellnhuber and became Executive Director of Bauhaus Earth. Headquartered in Berlin-Potsdam, Bauhaus Earth is a non-profit organisation that works to transform the building sector from a major source of anthropogenic environmental and social impact into a regenerative and ecologically sensitive means to meet the housing and infrastructural needs of an urbanizing global population.

Dr. Barbara Reck – Director Material Systems at Bauhaus Earth and Senior Research Scientist at Yale University

Dr Reck is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment with a doctorate in environmental engineering from TU Berlin and seven years of experience as Manager Environmental Affairs at Lufthansa German Airlines prior to joining Yale in 2003. Dr Reck serves as Node Lead Systems Analysis & Integration at the U.S. REMADE Institute and as Director Material Systems at Bauhaus Earth. She studies material cycles, their degree of circularity, recycling barriers, and implications for embodied carbon; work that informs environmental and resource policy as well as circular economy assessments. Her systems approach to material analyses is rooted in detailed material flow studies for metals that led to the development of internationally recognized, harmonized metal recycling indicators, analyses of metal recycling rates that identified recycling barriers and the corresponding energy implications, metal criticality assessments, and scenarios on the future supply and demand of key technology metals. Recent research topics include circularity assessments of plastics and fibers (pulp & paper, textiles), the potential of integrating AI-coupled robotics into material recovery facilities to improve recycling outcomes, and the potential of substituting carbon-intensive conventional building materials in urban settings with low carbon bio- and geogenic alternatives.


Alan Organschi – Director Global Lab Network at Bauhaus Earth, Principal Grey Organschi Architects

Al Organschi is a principal and partner at Gray Organschi Architecture (www.grayorganschi.com), an architectural practice in New Haven, Connecticut recognized internationally for its integration of design, construction, and environmental research. In April 2021, Mr. Organschi was appointed Director of the Innovation Labs at the Bauhaus Earth, while continuing to serve as a Senior member of the faculty at the Yale School of Architecture where he has taught architectural design and building technology for two decades and now directs the Yale Building Lab. Mr. Organschi has written and lectured extensively on the carbon storage benefits of biogenic material substitution and circular economic strategies in urban building. He is a co-author of the recently published book “Carbon: A Field Manual For Building Designers “and the scientific paper “Buildings as a Global Carbon Sink” published in the journal Nature Sustainability in January 2020 and winner of the Aquila Capital Transformation Award for contributions to the decarbonization of Europe. Mr. Organschi and his partner Elizabeth Gray were honored for their work with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Florian Foerster – Director Berlin Lab at Bauhaus Earth and Associate Director at Buro Happold

Florian Foerster worked for 25 years in structural design at the intersectijon between engineering and art. working with innovation, sustainability and constructive design at the centre, realising experimental projects through collaborative, transdisciplinary approaches. He understands sustainability in both its ecological and social dimension combining high-tech based innovations with low-tech or minimal interventions, supported by an interest in the aesthetic and functional impact of buildings and the ecological and social responsibility of planners. Florian Foerster currently serves as Lab Director at Bauhaus Earth and Associate Director at Buro Happold, Berlin. After studying Fine Art and Structural Design in Manchester, UK, he has worked successfully and repeatedly with a number of innovative architects (Kengo Kuma Architekten, Jürgen Mayer H, raumlabor, Henn Architekten, MagmaArchitecture, Peter Ackermann Architekten, Frei Otto, Studio Libeskind and others).

IntCDC Director Prof. Achim Menges will open the session with a brief introduction.


Re-entanglement: Towards a regenerative built environment for people and planet

14 May 2024  |   3:00-4:30 pm
Lecture hall M 2.02,
Breitscheidstraße 2A, City Campus, University of Stuttgart

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Event-Page:  https://www.intcdc.uni-stuttgart.de/news/events/IntCDC-Constructive-Conversations-brBAUHAUS-EARTH–Re-entanglement-Towards-a-regenerative-built-environment-for-people-and-planet/


We look forward to your participation in what promises to be an inspiring and forward-thinking event.

IntCDC Management Team


May 14
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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